We have banked so many happy memories

Suzanne is 36 and lives with her husband and two young children in Merseyside. She's currently receiving palliative chemotherapy after being diagnosed with bowel cancer. Willow arranged for Suzanne and her family to spend a Special Day at Center Parcs. She tells us what it meant to her.

" Life becomes unbelievably sad, and sadness is exhausting. This gave us a chance to be normal and to have fun. "

Suzanne

My life before diagnosis was completely normal. We are a family of four. Will is seven and Thea is five. Before my diagnosis Thea had just started school and we had just had a wonderful family holiday in France. I was working part time and was thinking about what I might do with my extra time then kaboom, cancer diagnosis.

Our world suddenly became very small and quiet. It was surreal. Having a Special Day to look forward to and to enjoy was a priceless gift. A cancer diagnosis means that suddenly life becomes unbelievably sad, and sadness is exhausting. This gave us a chance to be normal and to have fun.

We had such fun in Center Parcs, the kids were absolutely beside themselves. It was wonderful to have some normal family time in amongst the madness of what our life has become.

We have banked so many happy memories and were able to appreciate the normality of just spending time together having fun.

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